In order to help consumers identify unlicensed and illegal websites, Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) is to start advertising operators who refuse to pay fines.
The KSA may impose fines on operators who infringe the Gambling Act of the state, including those that offer services without a licence in the Netherlands. All forms of online gambling in the country are currently illegal.
When an operator fails to pay a fine, the KSA begins a collection process that has not been reported before. The regulator, however, will now publish on its website information about this process.
The operators will have the opportunity to give a justification for the non-payment, while the payment denial will be withdrawn from the KSA’s website for those firms that either pay the fine and make a payment arrangement.
“Some of the providers assume their responsibility for the penalty imposed by paying the fine, some providers try to escape their punishment,” the KSA said. “If the provider refuses to pay, the KSA sees a strong indication that that provider is unreliable.”
The Netherlands is due to open a controlled online gambling market in January 2021 after the Remote Gambling Act passed by the Dutch Senate in February.
New online gaming regulations are planned to come into effect from 1 July 2020, subject to the Ministry of Justice and Security’s final approval. Six months later, the KSA must draw up terms of licence ahead of the market release.
Nevertheless, new licences will only be made available in the two years prior to the introduction of the new laws for operators who have had no operation in the Netherlands.